1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    New question here. Which bike is better?

    I'm in the market for a new ride and I thought I would solicit some opinions? I'm looking to spend about 700 dollars and I have it narrowed down to 2 choices:

    1. GT Avalanche 1.0
    2. Fuji Tahoe Comp 29er

    The GT has good components for the price range but I find myself really enjoying the feel of the 29er ride, thoughts, opinions, suggestions?

    Also, Truvativ 5D 3.0 vs. Shimano Deore Octalink?

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    go with the one that feels better to ride.

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    Of course, you always have to go with what feels best for you, but for the sake of argument which bike is better set up for the price?

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    I'm not an expert or anything but I would probably prefer the Fuji based on components...mainly the fork. Are there any other brands you are looking at? I have the octalink set up with deore components on my 08 gary fisher tassajara and everything works well. I think my setup, as far as the drivetrain goes, is exactly the same as what comes on the GT but that suntour shock is probably not something I would want to go with. As far as the SRAM x-5 VS. Shimano Deore they are both in about the same category and both will perform well. Also the msrp on the fuji 29'r is 950 so you might be looking to spend a little more on that one. I would definately do some more looking around...i would also highly recommend the Fishers if the genesis geometry fits you well. good luck in finding a new ride.

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    I appreciate the response ncfisherman, Fishers are fantastic bikes, although the fuji has a higher msrp both bikes at my local shop are 699.99 so it was a toss up for me, again thanks for the input.

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